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DCF announces $133 million in federal aid for low-income families who lost food during Irma

An additional $133 million is being distributed to Florida low-income families to help replace food destroyed by Hurricane Irma, the Florida Department of Children and Families announced today.

Almost 1.5 million households in 52 counties who receive food assistance will receive about 40 percent of their regular September benefit to help them replace food lost through flooding and storm damage or that spoiled because of power outages.

The money was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture through its Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program.

The benefits will be paid automatically into household Electronic Benefits Transfer accounts and can be used at retailers approved by the USDA.

Families are eligible for food assistance through SNAP if their gross income is less than or equal to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

In Tampa Bay, local businesses, charities, major sports teams and others have already stepped forward to provide food to families affected by Irma.

That included the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa First Responders, Outback Steakhouse, Mr. Empanada, PDQ, Ford's Garage and Marriott Waterside, who provided food for residents of Robles Park, a public housing complex owned by the Tampa Housing Authority.

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